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Tribute to the late Daniel Reid

One of the People’s National Movement (PNM) stalwart, Daniel Reid died on April 21st at Eric Williams Medical Science Complex at Mt Hope, two days after his birthday.

Mr. Reid served in the Senate during the period 1981 to 1986 as Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the then Prime Minister George Chambers.

He was well known in the political arena as a humble man who was extremely passionate about the welfare of his community and the country as a whole.

At the party level, Mr. Reid was chairman of the St Anns East Constituency for over a decade. It was under his leadership that the St Anns East constituency spearheaded the movement in 1973 towards Trinidad and Tobago gaining Republican status. 

The country eventually obtained Republican status in 1976.

Mr. Reid was also in the forefront of numerous community activities in the St Anns Constituency because he had an excellent working relationship with his Member of Parliament Mr. George Chambers who went on to become the country’s second Prime Minister.

A dedicated and loyal party member, no assignment was difficult for him:

He was a Member of the Campaign team for ANR Robinson when he contested the Scarborough/ Roxborough area for the PNM in 1956. 

 He also served as President of the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Trade Union (SWWTU).

In the memorable 1981 general elections when the PNM won 26 seats including Caroni East (Manic Ramsaran), Princes Town (Amoy Mohammed) and Fyzabad (Dr. Winston Williams),  Mr Reid was the Campaign Manager for the party’s Political Leader the late George Chambers.

He will be remembered as a disciplined individual who was always available to assist the young Parliamentarians and party members in several areas.

Following the 1986 general elections, Mr. Reid followed his very close friend Mr. Chambers and retired from active politics.

At the time of his death he was 88 years old and was also the father of six children, three boys and three girls.

May he rest in peace.

Franklin Khan
People’s National Movement